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NEWS Clapp vs. Caragiulo The incumbent faces the twotime candidate. PAGE 3A.


Love is in the air

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Ranch rejuvenation With four new major retail stores soon to open in the Palmer Ranch area and the search on for a fifth, the south Sarasota community is seeing a surge in business revitalization.

By Robin Roy | City Editor

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+ Locals veg out for eating contest The term “eating contests” brings to mind large amounts of meat being shoveled into one’s mouth as fast as possible. On Saturday, Veg restaurant, in Gulf Gate, held its own eating contest with a healthier twist — veggie burgers. Veg owners, Marty and Maggie Glucklich, held the veggie-burger eating contest to celebrate the first anniversary of their restaurant.

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ple shopping here.” Palmer Ranch is expecting a flurry of activity from Clark Road to Central Sarasota Parkway as those large retailers build and move into their new homes. The timing seems to center on the economy. “These are all the same names (of stores) that we heard back in 2006,” said Justin Powell, vice president of Palmer Ranch Holdings. “The market downturn caused them to pull back. We’re


Powell said Costco wanted to move into Palmer Ranch a couple of different times, but the timing wasn’t right. Now, it plans to move into the old Dillard’s space. As the country’s fifth-largest retailer, Costco is expected to draw people from all around Sarasota

















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Four major retail businesses are moving into the Palmer Ranch area: Costco, Lowe’s, Kohl’s and Mercedes-Benz of Sarasota.The owners of the Pelican Plaza shopping center are hoping to attract a fifth, by redeveloping the center.


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The shopping centers near Palmer Ranch today have an austere appearance. Albertsons supermarket on Central Sarasota Parkway has been closed for four years. Dillard’s left Westfield Sarasota Square Mall in 2009. And the Pelican Plaza shopping center has had trouble keeping its retailers. But a retail rejuvenation is about to take place.

Kohl’s announced last month that it would move into the old Albertsons. Lowe’s will begin construction next door by late spring. Costco will replace Dillard’s at the mall. Plans call for Pelican Plaza to be torn down and rebuilt to attract better stores. And a Mercedes-Benz car dealership is almost completed on Clark Road. “Thank God,” said Margaret Brading, president of the Palmer Ranch Communities Coalition. “We need something to keep peo-



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RANCH / FROM PAGE 1A and Osprey. Currently, the closest store is 41 miles away, in Brandon. “Costco is more of a regional store,” said Powell. “It will serve all of Sarasota.” It will help shore up the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, which has lost traditional retailers, such as the Disney Store, which closed several locations, and The Gap and has filled the vacant storefronts with lesser-known clothing stores, such as Famous Labels and Rhythm Fashion, and non-traditional businesses such as a tattoo parlor and miniature golf course. “The mall was a dying thing,” said Brading. Another sign the mall may be turning around is the addition of an Express store to replace The Gap, which is expected to open in the summer. Costco would not provide a timetable of when the store would open.


During the past two years, Kohl’s has grown from the nation’s 24th largest retailer to the 20th largest. It will anchor the east end of the Oak Plaza shopping center at Central Sarasota Parkway and U.S. 41. It purchased the 59,582-square-foot space previously occupied by Albertsons. Babies ’R’ Us anchors the west end of that shopping center. Kohl’s also has a store on University Parkway, an area that has drawn many of Palmer Ranch’s shoppers. “People are now going to University,” said Brading. A Central Sarasota Parkway location could help keep residents shopping in their own community. Powell believes the same can be said of Lowe’s, which will occupy

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the vacant wooded area on Central Sarasota Parkway, between Kohl’s and the Bella Villino condo complex. “We’ve heard from a lot of people who dread getting in their car and going to Home Depot on Cattlemen Road,” he said. Powell believes having the homeimprovement store in Palmer Ranch will help alleviate congestion on area roads. “Look at the traffic you’re putting on the road going to Home Depot or the Lowe’s (on State Road 70),” he said. “That’s another good thing for Sarasota — reducing traffic time.”


Putting more cars on the road is the goal of Mercedes-Benz of Sarasota. It’s moving its store from U.S. 41, in Gulf Gate, to 4754 Clark Road, which is next to Sawyer Loop Road. Construction is nearly complete, and it plans to open its doors in April or May. “(Clark Road) already has luxury brands BMW, Lexus and Land Rover, so it made complete sense,” said Mark Cannon, senior vice president for Autonation. “We think it’s a perfect move for us.”

Pelican Plaza

The Pelican Plaza shopping center will be getting a facelift in order to attract a large anchor store similar to the others moving into Palmer Ranch. The 30-year-old shopping center used to be home to a Linens ’N’ Things. The owner, Michiganbased Ramco-Gershenson, wants to redevelop the plaza to attract a stable anchor store. Ed Eickhoff, vice president of development and redevelopment, said he’s currently in talks with sev-

eral retailers and will decide on one within the next two or three weeks. The new store could open by September. Brading asked the Palmer Ranch Communities Coalition membership what they would like to see in Pelican Plaza. She said more than 90% of the responses asked for a Trader Joe’s specialty grocery store. She has written to the company to try to gauge its interest but has not heard back.

The right fit

Stacy Lentz, spokeswoman for Lowe’s, said the store looks at hundreds of factors before deciding on a new store location. She said Palmer Ranch had everything it sought. “We look at homeownership, population, growth in the community, access in and out of our parking lot and access to major roadways,” she said. According to Powell, the infrastructure and the demographics are key to the revitalization. “Palmer Ranch has good connectivity to main roads, and it’s close to interstate travel,” Powell said. As for the demographics, Palmer Ranch has about 9,000 dwelling units and is located near the Gulf Gate and Osprey communities. “Palmer Ranch used to be more snowbirds, but now it’s more full-time residents,” Powell said. “There’s a good mix of retirees, families with children and emptynesters.” Brading is not concerned why they’re coming. She’s just glad they are. “Empty stores are not good for our property values,” she said. “We need people to come here and stay here. Costco will certainly do that. Kohl’s will certainly do that.”


Roundabout study focuses on first phase By Robin Roy | City Editor

Within the next few weeks, the city will begin studying the effects of the first phase of its bayfrontconnectivity plan. Before the city can progress with its plan to build roundabouts on U.S. 41 along the bayfront, the state and federal governments require an impact study, which is scheduled to commence in February or March. The project is designed to slow traffic and increase pedestrian and bicycle use on U.S. 41 near the city’s bayfront. Plans include slowing the speed limit to 30 mph from 45 mph, installing six roundabouts from 14th Street to Orange Avenue and creating wider, landscaped medians. The first phase of the project includes building roundabouts at 14th Street and 10th Street. Last spring, commissioners allocated $5.9 million to build the first two roundabouts. A consultant told the commission that it would cost approximately $5 million to improve the traffic signals at those intersections. The federally funded

CONNECTIVITY PLAN U.S. 41 roundabout locations: • 14th Street • 10th Street • Fruitville Road • Gulfstream Boulevard • Main Street • Orange Avenue research will study the effects of the project’s design on traffic and public utilities, as well as analyze construction and right of way costs. The Federal Highway Administration will examine the study after its expected completion date in July 2012, and if it approves the findings, it could give the green light to construction, which could start by July 2015. City officials hope the roundabout at 10th Street will decrease some of the traffic volume on U.S. 41 by directing cars downtown via Lemon Avenue. Future phases of the bayfront-connectivity project could take up to 20 years to complete.

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SPECIAL: The Sarasota Observer is profiling City Commission candidates before the March 8 district election.

Experience at the heart of commission race The two candidates seeking election for the District 2 City Commission seat both cite their experience: Dick Clapp’s previous commission experience and Paul Caragiulo’s business experience. The District 2 City Commission race is the only one of three this year to include an incumbent. Commissioner Dick Clapp is seeking a second term. He’s facing restaurateur Paul Caragiulo, who is

running for the second time. The co-owner of Caragiulo’s Italian restaurant, Owen’s Fish Camp and Nancy’s Bar-B-Q faced eight other candidates in his first election in 2009 and lost in a

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runoff with current commissioners Suzanne Atwell and Terry Turner. Caragiulo touts his business roots and says it’s time for a commissioner with business sense and business experience.

Clapp cites his experience on the commission and says the reputation some have assigned him as a no-growth supporter is misguided. —Robin Roy

Paul Caragiulo

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If you are elected, what will be your top-four priorities? 1. City-employee pensions. Absolutely the No. 1 issue is the pension issue. It’s unsustainable. 2. North Trail redevelopment. We have a good start. I got the businesses to organize into the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership, (which is) looking at adopting a form-based code. 3. Diversification of the economy. There is a demand for technology, high-speed (Internet) connectivity. We approved hitching onto the county’s optical-fiber system. We’ll lay our own fiber up and down (Tamiami) Trail. That will be the backbone. It will lead to more technology businesses. 4. Make sure Sarasota’s existing businesses remain viable. Our two big (industries) are tourism and the arts. One way we’ve supported tourism is with the (Baltimore Orioles) baseball deal. The city no longer subsidizes Ed Smith Stadium. Having baseball will be an economic benefit. For the arts, we’ve cut the subsidy for the Van Wezel. It had a $1.6 million subsidy in my first year in office. Last year it was positive by about $250,000. We also took the gamble to put $100,000 behind the Ringling International Arts Festival. That will bring people here. What should the city do about employee pensions? I would like to see a 401(k) plan for all city employees, including police officers. On police pensions we’re at an impasse. If a magistrate is not able to broker a deal, the City Commission would end up ruling on a one-year agreement. A police sergeant retiring after 25 years in service would initially make annual salary of $55,000, which would increase 3.2% per year.

BIO Age: 67 Hometown: Kalamazoo, Mich. Family: Married with three children and three grandchildren Education: Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Western Michigan University; master’s degree in interdisciplinary science; doctorate in physical chemistry from Institute of Paper Chemistry Occupation: Retired engineer in the paper industry After 30 years, he would be making $127,000. If the current police-union contract stays in place, the city would end up paying more than $300 million in police pensions. If no changes are made for general employees, their pensions would cost the city more than $200 million. What specific actions can the City Commission initiate that would spur economic development? North Trail and Rosemary District are well-positioned for redevelopment. We can get higher densities and more mixed-use (development) there. One issue on the North Trail is the demographics of the people. Their purchasing power is on the low side, which has to be addressed. Public housing has positively affected that with higher densities. In Rosemary, we changed the zoning, so it’s ready for redevelopment. Another plus is bus rapid transit, (a proposal that would create a high-speed bus line through Sarasota). The BRT would drive a lot of redevelopment in Rosemary.


If you are elected, what will be your top-four priorities? 1. City-employee pensions. We need to figure out what has to be done to save money today. We need to stop the bleeding. 2. Remove obstacles for business. It’s not a good idea to have a public hearing on any project over 1,000 square feet. That’s excessive and invasive. Ask people who do business outside of Sarasota. They say it’s the joke of Florida. 3. Ending inappropriate use of Community Redevelopment Agency money. We have two CRA districts. More than half of its budget is used for “miscellaneous administration” uses. That’s not what the CRA is intended for. That money is being used to operate the city, instead of redevelopment. 4. Examine potential threats to public safety. The police department’s gang-safety program has been cut. Community policing has been reduced. There should be a reallocation of funds to community policing. What should the city do about employee pensions? (General) city employees should make defined contributions. I think city employees should be contributing more. Increases in (pension payouts) have to be tied to (increased) revenue. I’m not willing to look at police officers the same way. What specific actions can the City Commission initiate that would spur economic development? Too much emphasis is placed on massive business and development projects in town. An enormous number of people do things on a momand-pop basis. That’s who is really

BIO Age: 36 Hometown: East Rockaway, N.Y. Family: Married with two children Education: Degree from Monmouth College Occupation: Co-owner of three Sarasota restaurants affected by (City Hall’s) policies. What is your view of parking meters? If anything is true, the city is incapable of dealing with parking. In two years, the city lost $1.2 million from its parking fund. I won’t support meters until I see a comprehensive parking plan, which would include assigning value and cost to certain parking spaces. Everything done so far has been willy-nilly. I’m in favor of meters downtown if there’s a parking plan, not just because (the parking department) is losing money. What is your position on having an elected mayor? I support an elected mayor. What is your position on switching the city election to the November election cycle? I support it. The commission is likely facing a budget deficit again next year. What is your position: Raise the property-tax rate or find a way to cut expenses? I would look to cut services and staff before raising taxes.



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INBRIEF + Commission candidates present agendas for the arts All nine City Commission candidates touted their love of the arts during a candidate forum sponsored by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, which was formerly the Sarasota County Arts Council. The candidates fielded several artscentered questions, such as “How do you see the arts being helpful to the city? And would you support funding the arts?” Richard Dorfman: “We have to use budgets more effectively and dig down a little deeper and realize the arts come with a cost.” Linda Holland: “Arts organizations can help educate the community, which doesn’t understand as well as it should the value of the arts.”

Willie Shaw: “Bring arts onto Martin Luther King Boulevard to make it a destination point to revitalize the community.” Frederick Williams: “Let’s have our children job shadow those in the arts to instill in them a love of the arts. In the future, they will become patrons and employees in the arts.” Paul Caragiulo: “I’d rather subsidize (local arts organizations) than Johnny Mathis (at the Van Wezel).” Dick Clapp: “We do give space to some arts organizations at a nominal fee and support arts fairs. It’s good for us. Talk to us and give us ideas. We’re supportive.” Diana Hamilton: “Arts are our most important asset. When it comes to the arts, I’m willing to un-balance the budget.” Shannon Snyder: “I can’t sit here and tell you I will support more (funding), because the budget has big issues. I will help with making the festivals smoother, instead of nickle-and-diming them.” Pete Theisen: “We’ve got tension between the city and arts organizations. I


would pledge to appeal a noise ordinance, (which could find live music in violation).”

Meetings & agendas

+ City hires permanent leader of police panel

 Festival Steering Committee — 3:30 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 10, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

The city has hired an administrator for its permanent Police Advisory Panel and Independent Police Complaints Committee. Peter Graham, who served as an adviser to the temporary panel last year, was awarded the position and began his service Feb. 2. Graham is an international anti-corruption consultant. He was instrumental in writing the recommendations the panel made to the City Commission. Commissioners created the panel to examine the policies and procedures of the Sarasota Police Department in the wake of a police-brutality investigation. The next task will be for the city to choose the panel members. As of Feb. 7, 27 interested citizens have submitted their applications.

 City Commission Candidate Forum — 5:30 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 10, Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota  CONA City Commission Candidate Forum — 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota  Charter Review Committee — 6 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 15, City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota  Arlington Park Neighborhood Association — 7 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 15, Waldemere Fire Station, 2070 Waldemere St., Sarasota

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Florida seagrass acreage has been declining in the last 50 years, but thanks to preservation efforts by local organizations, Sarasota Bay’s seagrass beds are in full bloom once again. Seagrass levels in Sarasota Bay have reached an all-time high according to a recent study by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The data, which was released in September, estimates a current level of 12,692 acres of seagrass, an increase of 51 acres since 2008. The additional 51 acres may seem small, but, according to Mark Alderson, director of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, the recent findings are part of a larger trend showing significant seagrass recovery over the past few decades. “We had a 28% increase in seagrass levels between 2006 and 2008, which put us 24% above the level of seagrass in 1950,” says Alderman. “The fact that we’ve maintained those levels, and even slightly increased them, is a good sign.” Seagrass is an important part of Sarasota Bay, which is one of 28 estuaries in the United States named by Congress as an estuary of national significance. The flowering, underwater plant, home to various species of fish, can help maintain water clarity and is a source of food for animals such as manatees, which snack on a species of seagrass aptly-named manatee grass. Seagrass also acts as a barometer of the bay’s health, because it is a photosynthesizing plant and requires relatively

Aan Iskandar attempts to focus on college while her friends and family live in fear. By Loren Mayo | Community Editor

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Year Acres of seagrass 1950 10,234 1988 8,650 1994 9,264 1999 9,247 2001 9,181 2004 9,243 2006 9,855 2008 12,641 2010 12,692


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On Jan. 25, Aan Iskandar’s family in Cairo, Egypt, went to bed with knives in their hands for the first time. “Last week was the worst week of my life,” Iskandar said. “I felt in fear, and I felt helpless. All we heard was people were going to protest. Then, all of a sudden, we saw lots of people on the street. I couldn’t get a hold of my family members.” Iskandar, 21, has three aunts, four uncles and more than 15 cousins living in Cairo. She moved to Sarasota 11 years ago with her mother and brother, and after graduating high school, enrolled in classes at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee to study marketing. Her father and brother, Originos and Andro Iskandar, who run a real-estate business in Cairo, flew to Sarasota Jan. 18 to visit. They were supposed to return to Egypt at the same time thousands of protestors flooded the streets to demonstrate against President Hosni Mubarek’s rule and call for his resignation. “They were thinking about leaving, and my mom cried,” Iskandar said. “I think God kind of did this whole thing just for them to be here with us at this moment — this was the right time that they came. We had to pull them back to stay, but we know how my brother feels

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Finally, an elected leader who is determined to end government in the margins and government for whiners. And, boy, are the whiners and protected classes howling. They can’t stand that Florida Gov. Rick Scott is not following the old script and is determined to prove what many, many of us believe: • That you can reduce the size of government and that the results will be more positive than the status quo; • That government should operate no differently than common families — i.e., live within existing means and don’t borrow beyond what you can repay; • That government can and should be run like a business, i.e. be accountable, expect and show results, operate efficiently, compete. But all that is so antithetical to the historical status quo that those who have been living off of state government and who believe in government altruism cannot imagine operating outside the margins. We know it’s early with Gov. Scott. But from what we know about him, he follows through on his word. His record shows it. And with his first budget proposal this week, he is challenging lawmakers to embrace what he promised voters — extraordinary and bold initiatives. Scott is determined to shrink Florida’s government back to its 2004 levels — cutting state spending from $70 billion in the current fiscal year to $59 billion by the end of his first term. It can be done, and it can be done without catastrophe. Just ask the business owners who have survived the recession. They did what was necessary to preserve their businesses in the face of declining revenues. And those who survived are stronger for it today. Here’s what it will require for Scott to succeed: 1) his unwavering energy (no doubt about that); 2) the courage,

conviction and will of legislators to stand up to those whose interests are to preserve the status quo; and 3) voters who also have the conviction to stand behind Scott and their lawmakers for making tough choices. The fiscal condition of our governments at every level are threatening to bring us down to the levels of Greece, Ireland and the other failing Euro nations. Without dramatically scaling back government spending, the U.S. debt burden will lower the standard of living for future generations, as will all of the government pension obligations that are hanging over taxpayers at the local and state levels. Americans know they must change course. And Rick Scott — who, to his credit, doesn’t give a whit what the media pundits say about him — is committed to making this change and making the hard choices from which others have cowered. What a difference. What a difference between Rick Scott and Barack Obama. On the same day Gov. Scott was introducing his bold, detailed, strategic plan to create 700,000 jobs by improving Florida’s business climate and reducing the size of state government, Barack Obama stood before members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and told business executives they had a “responsibility to America” to spend their company’s cash to hire out-of-work Americans. The man has no clue. He has no clue about human action, how business works or how economies grow. Contrast that with Gov. Scott. He understands that economies and jobs will grow when people have the right incentives and conditions to invest and are able to keep more of the fruits of their labor. And those incentives and conditions are simple: laissez-faire. Leave people alone. Let them keep what they earn and decide how best to spend it. Give them the right conditions, and their wealthgenerating creativity will be unleashed.

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Sarasota’s outgoing mayor, Kelly Kirschner, stirred the bee’s nest Monday night with his rants against an Arizonalike immigration bill that’s expected to be filed for the upcoming session of the Legislature. As part of his protest, he wrote a “Florida Compact,” a five-point document intended to declare “principles to guide Florida’s immigration discussion.” In essence, it’s platitudinous “kum-ba-ya”: Be reasonable about immigration; protect our borders; let local law enforcement focus on local law enforcement, not federal law enforcement; strong families are good for the nation; free markets are good; we should be a business-friendly state to immigrants; and we in Florida should be nice to immigrants. Although the City Commission voted 3-2 to express to the Legislature its opposition to the bill and support of Kirschner’s Florida Compact, we have to agree with the dissenters, Commissioners Terry Turner and Dick Clapp. They said this subject shouldn’t have come before the City Commission. After all, Turner said, there aren’t any issues in the bill about imposing new (unfunded) mandates on municipalities. It’s a federal issue, Turner said. What’s more, the bill hasn’t been finalized, nor is there any guarantee it will even make it to the House or Senate floors for a vote. To say the least, the ranting Monday night on this issue should have been spared. But the worst part was this: When one resident’s comments against illegal immigration elicited applause from the audience, Kirschner rapped his gavel and said such demonstrations would not be tolerated. But when audience members began applauding at passage of Kirschner’s anti-immigration bill resolution, the mayor made no effort to silence the show of jubilation.

GOV. SCOTT’S BUDGET WINNERS AND BIGGEST LOSERS, BY AGENCY The table ranks the state’s agencies in the order of which ones would show the largest percentage increase and decrease in dollar amounts. The middle two columns show how jobs would be gained or lost and the percentage of the current total number of jobs that would be gained or lost.

Governor’s 2011-12 Recommendations

Change from Current Budget

BUDGET WINNERS 1. Executive Office of the Governor 2. Military Affairs 3. Agency for Health Care Administration 4. Agency for Workforce Innovation 5. Management Services 6. Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles 7. Lottery 8. Parole Commission

Dollars $638,602,487 $66,263,910 $22,047,600,988 $1,642,681,180 $615,402,209 $404,835,731 $135,671,913 $8,380,821

Jobs 420.00 373.00 1,577.50 1,550.50 1,341.00 4,676.50 424.00 128.00

BIGGEST BUDGET LOSERS 1. Community Affairs 2. Veterans’ Affairs 3. Justice Administration 4. Corrections 5. Juvenile Justice 6. Agency for Persons With Disabilities 7. Education 8. State 9. Agriculture and Consumer Services 10. Environmental Protection 11. Legal Affairs

$110,278,097 $45,520,459 $732,254,237 $2,347,509,309 $497,514,691 $842,021,943 $19,109,497,142 $76,411,966 $300,012,241 $1,339,375,546 $169,459,143

40.00 616.50 9,571.25 27,660.00 3,947.00 2,922.50 2,396.00 405.00 3,476.25 3,431.50 1,303.50

(318.00) (506.50) (471.00) (1,690.00) (813.00) (155.50) (92.00) (30.00) (191.50) (120.00) (34.00)

-88.8 -45.0 -4.6 -5.7 -17.0 -5.0 -3.6 -6.8 -5.2 -3.4 -2.5

($668,416,409) ($35,836,770) ($489,713,182) ($82,409,466) ($108,715,468) ($173,897,314) ($3,319,097,227) ($10,992,268) ($36,791,110) ($148,530,468) ($18,403,463)

-85.4 -44.0 -40.0 -33.9 -17.9 -17.1 -14.8 -12.5 -10.9 -9.9 -9.8

MODERATE TO MINIMAL BUDGET LOSERS State Court System $427,432,747 Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission $274,555,283 Citrus $61,903,592 Transportation $6,487,272,229 Children and Family Services $2,774,654,576 Law Enforcement $235,983,442 Health $2,772,440,290 Business and Professional Regulation $123,600,741 Elder Affairs $690,496,236 Public Service Commission $26,529,586 Legislative Branch $180,684,141 Revenue $546,179,133 Financial Services $301,326,064 Total Agencies $65,878,953,592

3,751.50 1,850.00 53.00 6,773.00 11,337.75 1,626.00 16,488.35 1,453.75 428.00 300.00 0.00 5,097.00 2,665.00 118,083.35

(574.00) (97.00) (15.00) (670.00) (1,849.00) (118.00) (879.15) (115.00) (26.00) (23.00) 0.00 (92.00) (80.50) (8,681.15)

-13.2 -4.9 -22.0 -9.0 -14.0 -6.7 -5.0 -7.3 -5.7 -7.1 0.0 -1.8 -2.9 -6.8

($39,594,759) ($23,208,054) ($4,973,294) ($441,533,097) ($178,523,319) ($13,762,193) ($170,884,819) ($6,962,473) ($38,948,404) ($1,470,383) ($6,212,848) ($14,413,028) ($2,182,706) ($4,639,206,749)

-8.4 -7.8 -7.4 -6.3 -6.0 -5.5 -5.8 -5.3 -5.3 -5.2 -3.3 -2.5 -0.7 -6.5

() = negative

Jobs % Chg. 91.00 +27.6 21.00 +5.9 (85.00) -5.1 (24.50) -1.5 80.00 +6.3 209.50 +4.6 (13.00) +2.9 0.00 0.0

Dollars % Chg. $343,072,852 +16.1 $6,542,363 +10.93 $1,214,586,109 +5.8 $80,485,292 +5.1 $27,613,445 +4.6 $13,513,515 +3.4 $481,263 +0.3 $19,070 +0.2

Source: Office of the Governor

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Little ones spell out We asked youngsters at St. Martha Catholic School to chat about the country’s mushiest holiday of the year — Valentine’s Day.

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What is Valentine’s Day? It’s a day about liking each other.

What is Valentine’s Day? I just love Valentines. You can give them a hug or kiss.

What is Valentine’s Day? A day where you show someone you love them.

What is Valentine’s Day? It’s like a day for love — yeah.

How do you show someone that you like them? You show someone you like them by playing with them.

What is love? It means when you care about someone.

What is love? Love is a good feeling.

What is love? It’s like when you’re giving someone kind of like your heart, or something.

Do you have a crush on anyone? What’s a crush? Do you know what love is? A good feeling.

How do you show your mom that you love her? Behave.

How do you show you care? When they fall and hurt their knee, you give them a hug. You can give them a flower, and you can make them a card.

To whom are you giving Valentines? Well, I’m not done with my valentines. I have to cut stuff up and paste them and stuff.

To whom are you giving a Valentine? Alexa, Leah, Bo and Sophia.

What kind of person do you want to marry? I haven’t decided that yet.

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What is Valentine’s Day? It’s red and pink, because a heart is like that and it’s Valentine’s Day.

How do you show someone that you love them? By giving them a Valentine’s card.

What is love? It’s something that a person has on another person.

What’s a Valentine’s card? It’s something that people make to show love to other people.

How do you show your mom you love her? Buy her a diamond necklace.

Are you writing a Valentine’s card for your mom? Uh, yeah, of course! I tell my dad what to write … he types it and prints it out.

Do you have a crush on anyone? Yes, Joseph.

Do you have a girlfriend? I have lots of them. Some that are not even in my class.

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Sarasota Garden Club members strutted their stuff at the club’s annual fashion show and luncheon held Monday, Feb. 7, at the Sarasota Yacht Club. More than 300 people attended the event, at which Garden Club members modeled looks from Daisy Cotton Boutique. Jo-Ann Winn and Linda Corridoni chaired the event.

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked two Sarasota couples — newlyweds Kevin and Missy Cooper and longtime loves and high-school sweethearts Billy and Mary Franklin — to share their love stories.

Newlyweds: Kevin and Missy Cooper For Kevin and Missy Cooper, love is high-fives, inside jokes and knowing they’re in for the ride together. Last April, the Ohio natives said “I do” on Siesta Key Beach. It’s been smooth-sailing for the newlyweds ever since. Ages: Kevin is 29; Missy is 28 Where they met

Missy: At work, as cliché as that is. We worked together for a company, in Akron (Ohio), and sat 6 feet away from each other. Initial attraction

Missy: The best way to describe what I felt is that someone flicked my heart a bit. I thought, “I should probably pay attention to that one.” I very vividly remember that feeling. Kevin: I met hundreds of other people in that company I have no recollection of meeting. But I remember walking over, and I remember vividly … (to Missy) you were wearing a green argyle V-neck sweater. I didn’t have the prickle-of-the-heart thing, but we would hang out, play the word jumble every day and talk about what was going on.

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Missy: We came home from picking strawberries, and we almost burned down the kitchen while making strawberry jam. The proposal

Kevin: It was funny. I had asked her dad if I could marry her in September. We went out to dinner and were sitting there having a beer and eating food, and at the end, I’m like, “Oh, I want to marry your daughter.” What must have been two seconds felt like a half-hour. You wanna talk about your heart dropping … Missy: My dad messed with you a little bit. It was good that he was comfortable enough to tease. Kevin: The day before her birthday, I asked her to go for a walk on the beach. I knew where she would want to go, so I gave her some options so she wouldn’t catch on. We were reminiscing a bit about how lucky we were to

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is a whole different mentality — a team mentality. The person next to you is in for the ride, whether good or bad. You don’t take the easy way out or your choices for granted because Wedded bliss

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His best quality: He’s selfless. Even when we started dating, I saw that quality in him. I can’t remember the last time he looked at me and said, “You know what, I’m just doing this for me.” Her best quality: It’s kind of in tandem with how strongly she loves and how deeply involved in relationships she is. It’s not just me, but family and friends. She pours everything she is into those relationships and talks to people she hasn’t seen in 10 years.


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Billy Franklin still recalls the exact moment when he fell in love with his future wife, Mary, in the hallways of Sarasota High School. The two high-school sweethearts were married June 17, 1947, at St. Martha Catholic Church, in Sarasota. Ages: Billy is 83; Mary is 82

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Billy: We had gone steady and were always together no matter where we went. The proposal probably was a mutual agreement — “Let’s get married.’” Wedded bliss

Billy: At that time, I was not


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+ USF launches its first collegiate crew team Thanks to Justin James’ idea, the University of South Florida SarasotaManatee now has its first co-ed rowing team. In partnership with Sarasota Crew, USF announced the team Feb. 3, at Bay

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Adam Jaco knows how to take a punch. The second-generation boxer grew up in Sarasota and attended Sarasota High School and now runs his own gym, where he works and also trains for professional boxing matches. Although Jaco’s professional career had a few setbacks early on due to injuries, Jaco has been hitting the ropes since he was young and loving every minute of it. How did you get into boxing? I got started in boxing at an early age. My father was a professional fighter, so I’m a second-generation fighter. I did it my whole life growing up; I always trained with my dad and went to the gym with him. Funny story is, he never really wanted me to box, nor my twin brother, but it’s something we kind of fell into. We trained every day with him, yet he’d say, “Don’t be fighters, don’t be fighters.” I loved it from the very beginning, for sure.

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per Middle Weight title … we will see from there. I’m really looking forward to becoming a trainer, as well. I have a couple of prospects as far as amateur fighters, and I look forward to the rest of my career in boxing as far as being a trainer and maybe manager. I would love to develop a kid and have a world champion someday.

Which fighter do you admire? I admire Oscar de la Hoya, probably. Maybe not so much as a fighter, but as a businessman. I think he did a lot for the sport. He brought a lot of people to the sport who weren’t boxing fans otherwise. What is next when it comes to your career? My next step with my career is hopefully fighting for the Florida State Su-

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3:50 p.m. — 4000 block of South Tamiami Trail. Theft. An employee of a store that sells puppies said a man with a toddler walked into the store and began playing with a 10-week-old dachshund. The man asked the employee what it cost. The employee allowed the man and child to play with the puppy while he left the room to check on the price. When he returned, the man and child were gone. A customer walking into the store said he just saw a man hurry outside with a dachshund stuffed in his shirt. A check of the store revealed a dachshund was missing. Someone was able to get the man’s license-plate number before he could drive away.

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Siesta Estates home sells for $937,500 By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

A home in Siesta Estates tops all real-estate transactions from Jan. 10 to Jan. 14. Charles and Vicki Doble, of Faribault, Minn., sold their home at 5594 Siesta Estates Court to James Hinton and Linda Hinton, trustees, for $937,500. Built in 1999, it has five bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,764 square feet of living area.

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Richard and Marlene Simmons, of Delafield, Wis., sold their Unit 307-F condominium at 8767 Midnight Pass Road to Thomas Gallahue and Claudia Yates Gallahue, trustees, for $440,000. Built in 1979, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,303 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $389,900 in 2004.

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Charles and Marilyn Bartlett, of Louisville, Ky., sold their Unit PH-04 condominium at 5855 Midnight Pass Road to Peter and Rita Stone, of Kent, United Kingdom, for $412,000. Built in 1976, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,056 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $181,000 in 1997.

Sandy Cove

ton and Catherine Churton, tenants in common, of Sarasota, for $375,000. Built in 1998, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,495 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $465,000 in 2008.

William and Leslee Dozier sold their Unit 8F condominium at 11 Sandy Cove Road to John Kieffer, of Sarasota, for $285,000. Built in 1969, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,122 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $195,000 in 2000.

Mira Lago at Palmer Ranch

Joseph Mercurio, of Sarasota, sold his home at 3743 Castellon Court to Anita Emery, of Sarasota, for $245,000. Built in 1997, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,845 square feet of living area.

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John and Frances Matthesen, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 8 condominium at 6006 Midnight Pass Road to Brian and Ann Hunt, of Carmel, Ind., for $233,000. Built in 1960, it has one bedroom, one bath and 600 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $160,000 in 2000.


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Gerald and Nancy Kaplan sold their Unit 401 condominium at 99 Sunset Drive to Jean and Virginia Gorgue, of Sarasota, for $747,000. Built in 1978, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 2,596 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $625,000 in 2003.

Oyster Bay Estates

Barbara Irving, of Duval, sold her home at 1630 N. Lake Shore Drive to Swan Capital Group LLC for $408,000. Built in 1959, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,485 square feet of living area.

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This home at 5594 Siesta Estates Court has five bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,764 square feet of living area. It sold for $937,500.

Phillippi Landings

Thomas and Helga Pazder, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 504 condominium at 5591 Cannes Circle to James and Kevin Kelleher, of Medford, N.J., for $260,000. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,706 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $496,300 in 2006.

Broadway Promenade

Richard and Carolyn Johnson, of Oceanside, Calif., sold their Unit 1318 condominium at 1064 N. Tamiami Trail to Hilmar and Jutta Bott, of Sarasota, for $240,000. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, two baths and

1,425 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $400,200 in 2007.

Castel Del Mare

Patricia Ling, trustee, sold the Unit 101 condominium at 1628 Stickney Point Road to Edward and Ruth Collins, of Sarasota, for $220,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,406 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $86,900 in 1988.


Edward McConnell, of Sarasota, sold his home at 4942 Sabal Lake Circle to Philip Chur-

Savannah at Turtle Rock

Michael and Marilyn Kaufman sold their home at 5029 Hanging Moss Lane to April Swe, of Sarasota, for $245,000. Built in 1996, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,016 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $359,000 in 2004.

Pinestone at Palmer Ranch

Clayton and Carole Scott, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 925 at 8350 Wingate Drive to Martin Tolen Jr. and Linda Tolen, of Sarasota, for $186,000. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,604 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $159,600 in 1998.

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Last weeks Cryptograms 1. Drilling for a bit of oil is a bit boring. Drilling for gas is a gas.

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Homes For Rent LUXOR MHP $395mo-1 bed/bath mobile homes. 55+ community. No Pets. 5811 14th St. W. Bradenton. Sarasota Real Estate Assoc, Inc. Greg Nowak 941-809-6034

Homes For Sale CANAL FRONT Home, Siesta Key- 3/2 Split Plan, upgraded kitchen, new A/C, tile floors, well maintained, pre-inspected, ready to move in! OPEN EVERY SUNDAY 1 to 4. 5049 Higel Ave. $537,000.00 941-388-2460 YOUR SOURCE FOR SARASOTA REAL ESTATE

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ASHTON LAKES Condominium, annual, unfurnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2nd floor, non-smoker lakeview, garage. $1075/month. Clark Rd & Swift 360-2817 DIRECTLY ON the bay: furnished, 2br/2ba, 55+ community. No pets. Walk to St. Armands/ Lido Beach. $1000/mo. / year’s lease. 941-383-8246. HIDDEN LAKES: 1BR/1BA, immaculate, screened lanai, pool, tennis courts, weight room, sauna. $615/mo. annual. No pets. 374-3401.

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Steve Harney is one of the industry’s foremost experts in negotiation and leadership training for residential real estate professionals. His widely-read blog,, regularly tackles some of the most complex issues facing the real estate market today. Today we feature in its entirety one of his recent posts addressing the subject of commissions:

This Is A Job For Superman Not Clark Kent

We would like to add our two cents to the debate. Forget what the actual amount of the commission is. The bigger question is whether you should pay a ‘full fee’ when hiring a real estate expert to guide you through the complexities of today’s rapidly changing housing environment. If a full fee was the rule in 2006 when completing a deal was so much simpler, why would you now consider cutting the fee of your agent in today’s tumultuous market? You are depending on this person to help you reach your goals in a sale or purchase. In 2006, buyers were willing to pay almost anything to a seller just to get into a home. Banking entities seemed to be willing to mortgage any property for any buyer. The process was rather simple. Today, a person looking to buy or sell should be willing to pay a full fee for two reasons:

1. You need an expert guide if you are traveling a dangerous path The field of real estate is loaded with land mines. You need a true expert to guide you through the dangerous pitfalls that currently exist. Finding a buyer willing to pay fair market value for your home at a time that there are mass inventories of foreclosures and short sales will take a true real estate professional. Finding reasonable financing can also be tricky in today’s lending environment. Experts in any profession do not discount their fees, especially when the job is becoming more difficult and demanding. 2. You need a skilled negotiator In today’s market, hiring a talented negotiator could save you thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of dollars. Each step of the way—from the original offer, to the possible re-negotiation of that offer after a home inspection, to the possible cancellation of the deal based on a troubled appraisal—you need someone who can keep the deal together until it closes. When an agent is negotiating their commission with you, they are negotiating their own salary; the salary that keeps a roof over their family’s head and puts food on the table. If they are quick to accept less when negotiating for themselves and their families, what makes you think they will not act the same way when negotiating for you and your family? If

they were Clark Kent when negotiating with you, they will not turn into Superman when negotiating with the buyer or seller in your deal. Bottom Line We believe that famous sayings become famous because they are true. You get what you pay for. Just like a good accountant or a good attorney, a good agent will save you money. Not cost you money. Reprinted Courtesy of the KCM Blog. Afterword: In 2010, the real estate market in Southwest Florida achieved modest gains over 2009. Combined unit sales for Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties were up by 3% and dollar volume was up by .5%. At the same time, the agents of Michael Saunders & Company vastly outperformed the market; ending the year with $1.432 billion in closed company sales, a 21% increase in dollar volume over 2009. Likewise, the 4,346 units sold company-wide during the year represent a 29% increase in year-over-year unit sales. Performance and expertise matters as much in real estate as it does in all other important transactions. Therefore, we hope you’ll choose an agent from Michael Saunders & Company for their proven ability to outperform the market.

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776 N Macewen Dr $1,049,000 #A3937242 Nicole Hammons-Dovgopolyi, PA

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1025 S Orange Ave $859,000 #A3934933 Phyllis Garfinkel

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727 Fringed Orchid Trl $476,000 #N5771950 Beverly Weltzien

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“I’m completely devoted to it,” Caiti Ward says of Irish dancing. “I’d never give it up for any other dance.”

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Irish spring

The effervescent Caiti Ward has spent most of her life in Irish dance dresses, curly wigs and tights. The lead bad-girl of ‘Rhythm in the Night’ proves she’s anything but unruly.


aiti Ward has the ideal makings of an Irish dancer: long legs, big smile, boundless energy and rigorous self-discipline. In many ways, it’s easy to forget she’s a teenager. Perhaps it’s because by the time Ward

was in first grade, she was dancing with her feet turned-out and crossed at the same time, her arms glued to her side, her gaze fixed straight ahead and her hair piled on top of her head in a fountain of corkscrew curls, which she attained by sitting for hours in hot rollers.


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HOT TICKETS Pianist Wu Han at the Van Wezel:

The Sarasota Concert Association presents The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMSLC) at 8 p.m. Feb. 16, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. If that seems like a mouthful, let’s boil it down to this: Pianist Wu Han, artistic director of the CMSLC, is an internationally recognized concerto soloist, recitalist, educator and recording artist. She’s played

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+ Rosemary boutique comes out of ‘The Closet’ When one door closes, another one opens. Sure, it’s a stale expression. But it was the first thing that came to mind last month, when merchant Laura Daniel Gale announced that she had plans to transform her Rosemary District boutique, everything but the girl, into a livemusic venue. After live-music café The Venue closed its doors within three months of opening, music hipsters were crushed. Gale’s ebtg, which opened its doors six years ago on Central Avenue, has become a beloved haunt for downtown shoppers. Now the merchant responsible for helping buoy the up-and-coming neighborhood is making sure the district continues to rock. Gale has partnered with

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Everything but the girl’s Laura Daniel Gale with musicians Mike and Erin Murphy. brother/sister rock duo Erin and Mike Murphy (of local band The Equines) to launch a new a livemusic venue, dubbed The Closet, which will open this weekend in

the ebtg space. The Murphys, who will run the operation, have already booked several local and regional acts, including Sons of Hippies, Cassolette, Alias Punch, The Pauses and The Broken Inn. Fans of Gale’s eclectic store need not worry. The location will continue to function as a vintageclothing and gift shop during the day. The Closet’s grand opening is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12.

at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and London’s Wigmore Hall, to name a few. The VW ticket price is worth it for Han’s performance alone. Add to the program violinists Erin Keefe and Arnaud

+ Arts Council forms a new ‘Alliance’ Is the Sarasota County Arts Council having a quarter-life crisis? The 25-year-old arts institution announced last week that after three months of preparation, it’s officially changed its name to the Arts and Cultural Alliance. The organization also revealed its new logo, which has retained its signature baby blue color and

Sussmann, violists Mark Holloway and Paul Neubauer, and cellists Gary Hoffman and Jakob Koranyi, and you’re in for one unforgettable evening. For tickets, call 955-0040 or visit www.

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Pianist Wu Han

painterly “A” font. According to Executive Director Jim Shirley, the name change has been a long time coming. With the recently restructured board of directors and focus on collaboration and unity in Sarasota’s arts community, the word “alliance” better illustrated the organization’s new business model. We couldn’t agree more. Quarter-life crisis or not — the word “council” just sounds dated. Cortez Road 41

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WARD from 1B Ward has the presence of a veteran performer because she earned it. Dressed head-to-toe in black, save for the sliver of ivory ruffles poking out of her leather biker jacket, Ward, 17, is the image of cool. Even her hair is jet-black. A natural blonde, she dyed it three years ago because she was bored ­— or perhaps because she was hoping to add some edge to her Celtic good-girl image. Irish dancing isn’t exactly a radical hobby. “It’s very sophisticated,” Ward says. “It’s very precise, and it’s less lenient than other types of dancing.” It’s a Tuesday afternoon at Sarasota High School, where Ward, a junior, is enrolled in honors classes and AP art — her second love. “My work appeared in an Irish dance magazine,” she says. “I forget which one. It’s one of the big magazines.” She reaches for her cell phone and pulls up an image rendered in bright colored pencil. The graphic could easily be marketed to a skateboard company, a potential pitch of which Ward seems to be aware. “I’ve been asked to make posters,” she says. “I would love to do that.” There are a lot of things the teen would love to do, starting with opening an art gallery that would double as a bakery; an Irish dance school that would double as a gym; and a non-profit organization that would provide volunteer opportunities for high school students. Add to that the Ph.D. in business she’d like to get, or the culinary school she’d like to attend, or the art-education degree she plans to pursue. Coincidentally, Ward is seated in her guidance counselor’s office, where in one corner of the room she’s tossed her books and a blue duffel bag with the words

FANCY FOOTWORK Ward shares the top-five tenets of Irish dancing.

Stiff-arm it

“They banned dancing at one point in Irish history, so the people protested by dancing without using their arms.”

Rock a perma-grin

“Smiling is a show for the judges. It shows them that you’re enjoying what you’re doing and grateful to be competing.”

Think tippy toes

“You’re up on your toes at all times in soft-shoe dancing. You must maintain your feet. I’m always clipping my toe nails short.” It’s in the bag: Ward’s dance duffel says it all.

Look straight ahead

“It shows confidence. My teacher always says, ‘Look up. The floor’s not going anywhere.’”


“Rhythm in the Night” will present its “Irish Dance Spectacular” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Sahib Shrine Auditorium, 600 N. Beneva Road. For tickets, call 366-4449 or visit

Be a copy cat

“Lift your legs high with your shoulders back. You always want to make sure you’re doing the same thing as the person in front of you.”

“Irish Dance” screen-printed on the side. A beep comes over the school loudspeaker to signal the start of a new period. “I have friends who have no idea what they want to do after high school,” she says. “I like that I have a plan, even if it keeps changing.” One thing that has never changed: Ward’s passion for Irish dancing. In 2008, she placed 55th in the nation among Irish dancers. She’s since qualified twice for the Irish Dance World Championships, in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ward spent much of her childhood traveling across the country for dance competitions. Last year, she estimates she traveled to 25 different cities for dance engagements alone. “I was a super hyper kid,” Ward says. “I had ADHD to the extreme. I remember my aunt bought me a ‘Riverdance’ video, and I was so amazed watching it for the first time, my mom spent weeks looking for an Irish dance school.” At 6, Ward enrolled in classes at the Drake School of Irish Dance, at which she studied under Gillian McCormack-

Aeppli. Eleven years later, she’s still dancing with McCormack-Aeppli, who several years ago opened her own school — the Irish Dance Academy of Sarasota. “I was bouncing off the walls when I started with Gillian,” Ward says. “She taught me manners and discipline and how to work with people. She taught me how to skip! That’s how long I’ve been with her.” Nonetheless, after years of blending in with an ensemble of identically Bo Peepcoiffed dancers, Ward says she’s ready to break out of the stiff-armed mold. Cast as the lead bad girl in former “Lord of the Dance” performer Justin Boros’ “Rhythm in the Night” troupe, Ward will take center stage this Friday in the company’s “Irish Dance Spectacular,” at Sahib Shrine Auditorium. Boros, who debuted his Michael Flatley-inspired dance act earlier this fall at Gulf Gate’s Irish Rover Pub, was so taken with Ward’s dancing that he reworked his 90-minute production to include a lead bad guy (played by Boros) and a lead bad girl (played by Ward). “I’ve seen dozens of lead dancers,” Boros says. “And I’ve never seen anybody do it like Caiti. It’s not just her dancing. It’s her energy and the way she captures an audience. She doesn’t come across as your typical 17-year-old. She has aspirations most people in their 30s don’t have.” No one is more aware of this than Ward. When it becomes apparent that she’s missed most of her afternoon math class, she scoots off to obtain a late pass but not before answering one last question: Is it more fun to play the good girl or the bad girl? “Bad girl,” Ward replies without hesitation. “In real life I’m not the bad girl. I don’t cause trouble. I don’t get detention. I get good grades, and I treat people well. But I’m a teenager, and sometimes I just want to be rebellious.”



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Scenic drive


The multi-tasking April Soroko explains how she pulled double duty for FST’s gritty legal drama, ‘Race.’


Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet’s “Race” runs now through March 19, at Florida Studio Theatre. For tickets, call 3669000 or visit designer built the set and costumes for this season’s screwball spy thriller, “The 39 Steps.” “Race,” which opened Jan. 26, in the Keating Theatre, has offered a sobering change of pace. A tense legal drama, controversial for its cutting dialogue and divisive subject matter, the play follows the case of a rich white man charged with raping a young black woman. Directed by FST’s Richard Hopkins, the play takes place in one place, on one day and required no costume changes. “The only thing that moves on the set is a door,” Soroko says. “It opens and closes.” Though the assignment was much less time-consuming than the designer’s usual workload, it required an attention to detail the average theatergoer might not realize, from the stately bookcases stocked with rows of


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“I like variety,” April Soroko says. “I get bored really easily if I stick to a steady diet of one genre.” Soroko also designed the set and costumes for FST’s “The 39 Steps” and “Beehive, The ’60s Musical.” law encyclopedias to the mossy green walls, which were originally faux-finished to resemble wood. Perched on the edge of the intimate Keating stage, Soroko rattles off the particulars of the set, starting with the hardwood floor that was installed shortly before opening night. “We wanted the room to feel very masculine, but well used,” Soroko says. “We wanted to communicate that the office has been around for 20 years and that the furniture isn’t too precious. We didn’t want the pieces to look like a matching set.” Soroko originally pictured an austere and sparsely decorated law office. After collaborating

 ’Debunked,’ 2004 (Triad Stage, Greensboro, N.C.) “It was a new play by Alexander Woo, who’s since gone on to produce HBO’s ‘True Blood.’ He’s one of the funniest, wackiest, weirdest playwrights out there. I never laughed so hard on a show. My face would hurt at the end of the day.”  ’Orfeo ed Euridice,’ 2001 (New Jersey Opera) “It’s Baroque opera, but they wanted to update it, so I had to find contemporary clothes equivalents. I ended up finding a gorgeous Vera Wang knock-off wedding gown.”

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with the rest of the crew, however, the box set became much more complex. Even the costumes became fastidiously accessorized down to the width of one character’s wedding band and the length of another character’s facial stubble. To achieve a subtly disheveled look, actor Ronald Siebert, cast as billionaire and accused rapist Charles Strickland, decided to shave his face at the end of each show, rather than fold it into his morning routine. “The actors have been so helpful,” Soroko says. “They know their characters better than anyone. Really, there’s only so much I can bring to it.”

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April Soroko has no problem getting down to business. Fairytale sets and costumes are escapist and fun to design, but the serious stuff keeps Soroko grounded and in her own words: “intellectually challenged.” So, when Florida Studio Theatre hired the Yale-educated setand-costume designer to build the Chicago law library for Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet’s “Race,” Soroko jumped at the opportunity. “You really get to create the whole world of the play,” Soroko says of set design. “I like doing research on architectural details, digging up historical references. It’s exciting.” In addition to the set, Soroko was also responsible for outfitting the cast of lawyers in contemporary power suits, which she found at local department stores such as Macy’s and Dillard’s. Soroko, 40, has worked as a freelance set-and-costume designer for more than 18 years, traveling to theater companies all over the country, in addition to teaching at the University of Miami. Many FST fans are already familiar with Soroko’s work. The





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Concert band sets the stage for romance The Sarasota Concert Band celebrates Valentine’s Day the only way it knows how: by providing mood music for lovers. William Barbanera isn’t a particularly mushy guy. Other than listing the romantic repertoire audiences will hear Feb. 12, at the Sarasota Concert Band’s Valentine’s Daythemed performance, the music director has a hard time rattling off his favorite love songs. Off the cuff, that is. After thinking it over for 24 hours, Barbanera, 54, who will also serve as the show’s conductor and a soloist, was able to provide an impressive medley of moving ballads. (See sidebar.) “I listen to a tremendous variety of music,” he says. “It’s hard to recall only the love songs on the spot.” Barbanera, an East County resident and longtime woodwind music instructor, is now in his 14th season as conductor and music director of the Sarasota Concert Band. In honor of Valentine’s Day, Barbanera will lead the 40-piece Sarasota Concert Band in a program dubbed, “A Time for Lovers.” The song selection includes favorites from “My Fair Lady,” “Gone With the Wind,” Bellini’s “Romeo and Juliet” and the second movement of a classical suite by Gustav Holst. “It’s a variety of great music with a romantic theme,” Barbanera says. “I tried to pick what the audience would like to hear and the band would like to play.” The second-oldest musical institution in the area, the concert band is celebrating its 57th season this year.

BARBANERA’S TOP 5 LOVE SONGS ‘Something’ by The Beatles


The Sarasota Concert Band will perform “A Time for Lovers” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center. For tickets, call 552-5325 or visit

“It’s a sweet love song with a nice, pretty melody. I just have so much respect for The Beatles and the way they furthered pop music.”

The organization puts on about 10 concerts a year in Sarasota and Manatee counties. This Saturday marks the group’s second performance at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center. Barbanera hopes the new venue will help snag more patronage. “Most people are familiar with only symphonic bands,” Barbanera says. “They don’t realize that we’re like an orchestra — just without strings.” The band, which draws its musicians from Tampa to Naples, typically plays an assortment of pop-style concerts, classical marches and, occasionally, Broadway jazz. For this performance, Barbanera will do something he hasn’t done in several years: play a solo. A classically trained saxophonist, Barbanera says audiences are always surprised to hear the sound of a classical baritone sax. It takes them by surprise. “People are used to hearing it in the jazz context,” Barbanera says. “But the sax was invented 50 years before jazz. It’s original intent was to be a classical instrument.” He plans to perform a three-movement solo piece by Bach, in part because he

‘You’re My Home’ by Billy Joel

“Everyone knows ‘Just The Way You Are,’ which is fine, but ‘You’re My Home’ is one of my favorite Billy Joel songs. It’s the idea that it doesn’t matter where you are. If you’re with that special person, you’re always home.” Heidi Kurpiela

“People don’t often get the chance to hear a classical baritone sax,” William Barbanera says of his favorite worn-in woodwind.

wants to set a good example for the dozens of music students he teaches each week. “I can’t nag them to practice if they don’t see me practice,” Barbanera says. “Many of them haven’t heard me play in a while. I figured it was about time.” As for whether his solo is dreamy enough for the concert’s schmaltzy February lineup, Barbanera is ambivalent. “It’s a beautiful piece,” he says. “But I don’t know if I’d call it romantic. Lyrical, yes. Romantic? Well … you’ll have to see for yourself.”

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Candied peel dipped in chocolate, from left: orange, lemon, grapefruit

Candied citrus peel Ingredients: Per medium grapefruit or large orange: 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup sugar Additional sugar for coating


If the fruit is store-bought, scrub vigorously with a brush to remove any vegetable wax or other coating. Just rinse if the fruit is from your own trees. Cut lengthwise into quarters (or sixths, if fruit is large). Slide your thumb under the peel at one end of the piece, and gently separate the peel from the flesh. Reserve fruit for another use, and use scissors to cut peel into strips that are one-quarter-inch to one-third-inch wide.

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Blanch: Orange peel ready to blanch

Handy, dandy citrus candy Citrus season is one of the great joys of living in Florida, especially for those blessed with a tree or two in the backyard. A special pleasure is making candied citrus peel. It takes focus and some patience, but the ingredients couldn’t be simpler, and there is nothing challenging or complicated about the method. This recipe has been in my family for nearly 40 years. It started with directions that came in the form of a 15-cent air letter to my sister, Sara Alexander, in 1972, when she was living on the Rue D’Alesia, in Paris. Alexander has refined the directions based on her experience with California fruit, and I have amplified them based on my own testing for this column, by using grapefruit from my own tree and


This takes out the bitterness. Put peel in a large saucepan, cover with cold water, bring to the boil, and cook one minute. Drain, rinse, repeat. Then repeat again. After three

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blanchings, taste a bit of the peel before draining. If it’s still bitter, repeat the process one or two more times. Otherwise, continue to boil until the peel is just tender when pierced with a knife, usually within 10 minutes. Better yet, bite a piece. Drain.


Combine sugar and hot water and cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved and brushing sugar crystals from the sides of the pan with a pastry brush. Add blanched peel, and cook until the peel is translucent and most of the syrup is absorbed; watch closely near the end of cooking to prevent burning. Put strips on a rack over waxed paper. Let dry thoroughly. Plan on at least four hours; overnight is not too long.

Field notes:

You can do this with grapefruit, orange or lemon peel. Grapefruit is the hands-down favorite. Alexander tested pomelo and found them too thick and not as nice in flavor. Homegrown fruit yields superior peel, no doubt for a variety of reasons, including freshness and cultivars bred for taste versus ability to with-

Candy: Peel near end of candying step – syrup thick, small bubbles and almost boiled away, strips translucent. store-bought oranges and lemons. Here they are for you to try, especially if you have access to local, homegrown fruit. Enjoy!


Roll strips in a shallow bowl of sugar. Some recipes call for “superfine,” but we prefer the regular kind. Return them to the rack for an hour or longer so that the sugar can set. Optional: Melt chocolate (grated or small pieces) in a heat-proof bowl over boiling water. Dip one end of each strip into melted bittersweet chocolate. Return to rack until chocolate is firm.


Layer with waxed paper in a plastic container with a tight cover. If you want the chocolate to stay glossy, refrigerate the peels. Otherwise, the peels will keep for several days at room temperature.

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“The Grand Tour” was an entertaining and charming ballet about the antics aboard a holiday cruise attended by Hollywood stars, lively stowaways and an American spinster. The costumes and sets were just as lively as the characters who were expertly played by the cast. Jamie Carter was perfectly poised as a smoking Noël Coward. Hulland channeled Gertrude Lawrence, while Honea pranced around as America’s sweetheart, Mary Pickford. Danielle Brown kept a sexpot pucker glued on her face as Theda Bara, and Ricki Bertoni was comical as George Bernard Shaw. Most hysterical was Piquer as Gertrude Stein. His role was so convincing he was even given a bouquet of flowers during the curtain call. But certainly the most charming of all was Amy Wood whose acting skills grew to a new level, showing the naïveté of an American tourist in awe of the celebrities around her. The reprisal of the dramatic “The Rake’s Progress” was a successful one, however it seemed a little slow in between the two lighthearted ballets, “Les Rendezvous” and “The Grand Tour.” Octavio Martin, who starred as “The Rake,” is exceptional at playing roles that call for extreme drama. The best scenes in “The Rake’s Progress” are “The Orgy,” where drunken dancing ensues with “ladies of the town” at the Rose Tavern, and “The Madhouse,” when The Rake goes insane. At the asylum, Martin was joined by his crazy crew: Carter, Learned, David Nava and Piquer, whose descent into madness was riveting.

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To the outward eye, “Les Rendezvous” would seem sugar and spice and everything nice — especially with the Bill Fennercreated costumes, which featured giant pink bows adorning the dancers’ heads and shoulders paired with floating white skirts and sleek white tights. But truly, the choreography is filled with technically difficult steps and sequences that fill the dancers’ daily ballet class. Most of these steps — assemblés, fouettés, sautés, sissonnes, emboîtés, soutenus — are incorporated into all ballets. But the extent that Sir Frederick Ashton included these steps would make any ballet dancer go weak in the knees … literally. But none of them did. Not one of the Sarasota Ballet dancers failed in the technical department. They all attacked the steps with gusto and ease, from the principal dancers Kate Honea and Miquel Piquer (other shows featured Ashley Ellis with Ricardo Rhodes, Victoria Hulland with Ricardo Graziano and Mizuki Fujimoto with Yoohong Lee) down to the six couples that comprised the corps de ballet. Honea and Piquer were perfect for the part of principal couple. Honea demonstrated that a technically difficult role could be performed with multiple facets — graceful and elegant combined with sharpness and velocity. Her sequence of piqué turns that ended with a flick of the leg in à la seconde twisting to an arabesque was impressive. Piquer, who never fails to astound with multiples of pirouettes, danced with grandeur during both petite allégro and grand allégro segments, with his grand jetés reaching unimaginable heights. Finally, it’s impressive that Sara Sardelli, Logan Learned and Nicolo Centocchi did not fall into a massive heap at the end of the pas de trois that included a ridiculous amount of emboîtés and entrechats. Not a moment passed without the three dancers jumping around, which makes one recall visions of the four little swans in “Swan Lake.” Broadway choreographer Joe Layton’s

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For the umpteenth time, I cried when Mimi died, proving everything old is new again in opera, especially in a beautifully shaped “La bohème,” with a stellar cast, excellent orchestra and emotionally affecting sets and lighting. That’s what Sarasota Opera is offering as its opening production, and, no matter how many times you may have seen it, it’s worth another visit. Puccini really knew what he was doing. His music transports us in ways that would make contemporary playwrights froth at the mouth; his way with harmonies and melodies is as affecting as Shakespeare’s insights into our hearts. Puccini took a libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica and turned it into one of the most important love stories since “Romeo and Juliet.” His characters are people we know; they’re us in 19thcentury dress with Italian temperaments. And when they hurt, we ache. When they celebrate, we rejoice. When they die, they take a little bit of us with them. In Sarasota Opera’s production, staged with empathy and understanding of each character by Stephanie Sundine, we leave the theater mourning Mimi’s tragic death, and we grieve for her friends, especially her on-again, off-again lover, Rodolfo, a ne’erdo-well poet whose dreams are significantly larger than his talents. “La bohème” is an opera that grows its characters. From the first-act garret and second-act café, where they frolic like adolescents on their own for the first time, to the chill wintery scene of the third act when Rodolfo’s true character, that of a frightened, phlegmatic, young man and Mimi’s illness come perilously close to the

surface of reality and, finally, the fourth act in which Mimi dies and Rodolfo grows up, we are witnessing on the wings of glorious song, the lives of people who could be you and me. Putting aside a few opening-night jitters that quickly calmed into a well-done production, this was an impressive cast. Harold Meers cut a handsome figure with a sturdy tenor sound, both of which should take him far in his career. His bohemian roommates — Marcello, a painter (Grant Clarke), Schaunard, a musician (studio artist Matthew Hanscom), and Colline, a philosopher (the ever-present YoungBok Kim) — made for a well-matched assemblage of singing actors, each with an excellent voice and each drawing his character with well-defined and touching humanity. Mimi, portrayed with warmth and understanding by Maria D’Amato, had a lovely mix of youthful yearning and mature resignation. Her voice is rich and dark, like the aroma of morning coffee, and her spinto soprano has a marvelous lower extension that manages to retain its gloss through the middle and lower passages of her voice. But the standout performer of the evening was Carelle Flores, whose Musetta was enchanting, fun, lively and empathetic. Flores is a studio artist with tremendous promise as a singer and actress. Her energy and apparent joy in being on stage were like spotlights on talent. We remember her fondly as Adele in the company’s “Fledermaus” about five years ago and are thrilled to see her growth since then. Her well-produced voice carried her above

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Maria D’Amato and Harold Meers perform in Sarasota Opera’s “La bohème.” the vocal lines into the true character Musetta, the only person in this opera who grows and changes from flighty youthfulness into a mature, caring adult. In smaller roles, Adam Bielamowicz’s Parpignol, Carlos Monzon’s Alcindoro, Zack Rabin’s Custom Sergeant and Zachary Altman’s Customs Guard were well-sung and well-acted. The kids and chorus did a fine job. Benjamin Gelfand’s portrayal of Benoit seemed misconceived, although he sang and acted his part well; he was much too young and dashing to come across as the crotchety, old, hapless letch-of-a-landlord. David P. Gordon’s scenery is enchanting. That may seem like a strange way of describing sets for “La bohème,” but his

clever depictions of Dali-esque picture frames dangling on the walls of the garret and the bone-chilling grayness of the outskirts of Paris lent a particular impression on the production that added to the overriding desperation of the bohemians. Howard Tsvi Kaplan’s costumes were traditional and spot-on. Finally, the orchestra, under the direction of Victor DeRenzi, gave support, warmth and, particularly in the last two acts, great breadth and sound to the goings-on up top. Puccini’s “La bohème” is timeless and bears endless encounters. Sarasota Opera’s production stands the test of time and should be revisited often. — June LeBell

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+ Where do great fundraiser ideas come from? Sarasota is fortunate to attract leaders who have done charity work in other cities and bring exciting concepts here, and there are two examples coming up. The first is the Asolo Rep’s “Men Who Cook” dinner April 10, at the Longboat Key Club. (Tickets are $150 via 351-9010, Ext. 4712 or e-mail at laura_wood@ Some two-dozen Sarasota and Bradenton leading men will prepare one of their favorite main dishes for what promises to be a wild buffet. Beverly Bartner imported this idea from Guilford, Conn., where a more casual version raised many dollars for the Women and Family Life Center. She has also brought aspects of her experience in New York City, St. Croix and elsewhere to bear on other Asolo events, including the upcoming “Studio 54” that she is co-chairing with Helen Sosso. Diane McNeel was involved with the Red Cross in Tampa for 30 years, and one of the things she developed there was a Mad Hatter Tea. When she and partner Peter Plotkin attended a Red Cross event here, she was disturbed to discover the same void that she had seen years earlier in Tampa:

of chefs who prepare the food right there. Co-Chairwomen are Denise Mei and Terri Klauber. There will be a “wish auction,” as well as a live one, offering such spectacles as a year’s worth of fun things to do in Sarasota and a Caribbean vacation with a choice of several different locations. At the event, guests will learn of other changes the organization is making, including a new evening event to take place in June and a shift of “Handbags and Happy Hour” to a new date in September.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida, Suncoast Sarasota Region • 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 • Michael’s On East • Tickets $125 • Reservations 952-WISH The Central and Northern Florida Chapter of Make-AWish is stirring things up a bit this year. In lieu of a fashion

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the lack of a dedicated fundraising arm of women committed to the local chapter. In the event of a disaster, she says, “Tampa had MacDill Air Force Base to help … we have only ourselves to count on. The feeling among many is, ‘that’s the National Red Cross’ job.’ But it takes time to mobilize

a national rescue, and it is very clear that we need to find the funding to train our local emergency providers. We must reduce our vulnerabilities.” That’s hard to argue with, and friends climbed on board to create a Mad Hatter Tea series to benefit the Sarasota Red Cross. Ping Faulhaber offered her Casey Key home for the inaugural Diane McNeel tea April 14. Tickets are $50 via RisslerN@ or 348-9336. Suggestion: Call soon. A lot of people are going to want to see the Faulhaber home. To follow: a holiday tea at the home of Margaret Wise and another at the new home of Katherine Harris in 2012.

show, it is having its first interactive luncheon, which will feature Michael’s On East’s Chef Al Massa and wine pairings by Michael Klauber. This is one of Sarasota’s most fun formats; each table designates a pair

+ Tidbits Our hearts were young and gay … The signature image at the Technion dinner honoring Robert Rosenthal and his late wife, Mildred, was in the Valentine spirit. It is their wedding photo circa 1938. And there is deep affection for this organization: Naomi Wertheimer and Marilyn Naiditch have chaired its event together for five years — and Naomi even longer! … A store with heart … Shop at the new Eileen Fisher downtown location in Pineapple Square during its grand opening from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 — 10% of proceeds will benefit Girls Inc. of Sarasota County. Plus, you get a $25 off coupon, hors d’oeuvres and champagne … Love for sale … Co-Chairwomen Julie Delaney and Margarete Van Antwerpen are promising a dazzling array of lovers-themed baskets as raffle prizes at the annual luncheon benefiting His-

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$299,000 Fairway Bay Bay/City views, Private Beach club, Pet friendly. A3908067 Louise Hamel 780-7474

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$435,000 One Watergate Bay & Marina Views, Superb Downtown location, Amenities. A3930460 Marty Benson 232-9264 0 0 ,0 $70 ced Redu

$418,000 Siesta Key Turkey furnished, Peek-a-boo bay view, Excellent Rentals. A3931333 Gina Penzotti 809-2152 00

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Join Us For One Of Our Seminars ! $499,000 Privateer Views of Gulf, Bay & City, Renovated condo, Beach, Pool & Tennis. A3933314 Bruce & Jenine Meyer 266-8152 00

$91,0 ced Redu

Learn how the Florida real estate market works including the latest market statistics, U.S. tax implications for foreign owners and tips for successful real estate transactions. WHEN: Wednesday, February 16th, 3 - 4:30pm WHERE: Downtown Sarasota WHEN: Thursday, February 24th, 5 - 6:30pm WHERE: Lakewood Ranch RSVP: 941-926-0791 - Seating iS Limited 0 0,00 $20 ced u d e R

$439,000 Jamaica Royale Turnkey Furnished, Steps to Siesta Beach, Weekly Rentals. A3918352 Ken Ipox 993-7279 Just

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$629,000 Sunset Beach views over pool, and beach and Gulf waters. Breathtaking. A3923288 Mark Huber 356-2435

$525,000 Tidy Island Sweeping Bay Views, Updated, gated, pool, spa & tennis. A3937160 Michelle Musto 809-3714


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Grand Bay $1,695,000 Beau Ciel $1,175,000 Panoramic Bay , Gulf , Golf views, Luxury Amenities, Beach Club Spectacular Bay Views, Luxury Amenities, David & Lori Simon 400-8764 Concierge. A3933115 Linda A. Page 504-0123 A3923029

$3,379,000 Lido Beach Waterfront estate, + 1800SF of rec-room/storage, 50 ft. dock/lift. A3916241 Owner/agent Lisa Morris 544-3332

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$875,000 Siesta Key Bay Island, Renovated historic pool home, Almost ½ acre. A3938107 Rayman/Tan 504-9232

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Sarasota Observer - Thursday, February 10, 2011  

Sarasota Observer - Thursday, February 10, 2011

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